What is the role of chest ultrasonography in the workup of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Ultrasonography (US) is useful in evaluating suspected parapneumonic effusions. US can identify septations within the fluid collection that may not be visible on CT scans. US also has great utility for directing needle placement for pleural fluid aspiration (throacentesis) at the patient's bedside. [55]


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